Munster, Go Home! (1966) [Blu-Ray]

Earl Bellamy’s “Munster Go Home!” has become one of the most incidentally influential horror comedies of all time. One of the banner pop cult movies of the decade, “Munster, Go Home!” is the extension of the cult TV show that takes them out of their giant mansion, and brings them in to the wide open world. As we’ve seen with the series, the world isn’t too keen on their way of life, either. But they make it work with charm, and a classic sixties drag race. 

Learning of the death of a distant relative, Herman Munster (Fred Gwynne) inherits an English manor and achieves the title of “Lord,” thrilling the workaday monster. He travels to rural England with wife Lily (Yvonne De Carlo), Grandpa (Al Lewis), son Eddie (Butch Patrick), and niece Marilyn (Debbie Watson, this time). Herman is set for the good life, but his long lost cousins Freddie and Grace aren’t ready to surrender the property. They quickly set out to push The Munsters out of the country, using conniving and murderous methods, joined by Lady Effigie (Hermione Gingold). 

“Munster, Go Home!” is a big change of pace for fans of the series, as the studio sets out to give the family much more to do than deal with domesticity. Thankfully the movie works as a piece of pop art from the decade, injecting everything from the sixties including a teen romance. Marilyn is given much more screen time for the film, as she engages in a romance with a young man, which might jeopardize the relationship with her family. That said, the movie is mainly about giving the younger audience something to enjoy, so there’s a lot more madcap antics, physical comedy, and action. Thankfully Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis are up to the tasks, being as silly and entertaining as ever.

Grandpa falls victim to a potion that turns him in to a werewolf, while Herman competes in a classic race that involves the iconic hot rod “The Dragula.” Even if you’re not a fan of the series, this should serve as a fun mix of comedy, horror, and satire, with so many elements that continue to be celebrated. 

The new release from Shout Factory includes a great audio commentary with Eddie Munster actor Butch Patrick, and rock musician/hardcore horror buff Rob Zombie. Justin Beahm (Reverend Entertainment) moderates this very fun and often informative commentary track as Zombie is a giant Munsters fan and has his own insight to offer. The 1981 TV movie The Munsters’ Revenge is included as well, with the original cast returning once again in their respective roles. It’s presented in its original aspect ratio of 1.33:1 with English 2.0 Mono DTS-HD MA.

Included are eighteen minutes of Cast Radio Interviews including pre-recorded promo interviews intended for syndication with Fred Gwynne, Yvonne De Carlo, Al Lewis, and Debbie Watson, respectively. There is an assortment of Radio Spots, the original theatrical trailer, the Munsters, Go Home Still Gallery, Munsters, Go Home Behind the Scenes Gallery, Munsters, Go Home Poster Still Gallery, and finally a Munsters’ Revenge Still Gallery.